Coe College is committed to creating a safe and productive learning environment free from discrimination. With that in mind, we offer educational, preventive and supportive resources for our community and constantly review and seek feedback on our policies, practices and procedures. Our Student Sexual Misconduct Policy is available here.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex against any person in education programs and activities receiving federal funding. Title IX concerns sexual harassment and sexual assault in all forms, including rape, sexual violence, dating violence, stalking and domestic violence. It applies to all members of the Coe College Community.
Sexual violence or assault can occur between strangers or people who know each other, even those who are in a long-term relationship or are married. Sexual assault is not about sex or an assailant's sexual desires. It's about exerting power and control over another person. This means regardless of how someone dresses or acts or where or how they choose to spend their time, a person who is sexually assaulted is never to blame for the assault. The only person responsible for the assault is the assailant.
At Coe College, the Sexual Misconduct Policy is based on affirmative consent. Consent to engage in sexual activity must be given knowingly, voluntarily and affirmatively. Consent to engage in sexual activity must exist from the beginning to end of each instance of sexual activity and for each form of sexual contact. Consent is demonstrated through mutually understandable words and/or clear, unambiguous actions that indicate a willingness to engage freely in sexual activity. Consent is active, not passive.
Each participant in a sexual encounter is expected to obtain and give consent to each act of sexual activity. Consent to one form of sexual activity does not constitute consent to engage in all forms of sexual activity.
Reporting an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment
Students can report an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment at any time to the Title IX Coordinators available on campus. The coordinators are:
Assoc. Dean of Students
Student Development Office in Upper Gage
In addition to these resources, all employees of the college (including faculty and staff) are non-confidential/mandatory reporters. If you report or share an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment with them, they are required to inform the Title IX Coordinator.
To Report Confidentially
If you desire that details of the incident be kept confidential, you should consider speaking with a Coe College counseling professional, on-campus therapists from Tanager Place, an advocate from the Riverview Center, or off-campus counselors available at the Olson Marriage and Family Clinic. You can also use Callisto to download a secure template to record the details of your incident. There is also an Anonymous Reporting Form that you can download, complete, and send via campus mail to the Title IX Coordinator, Marc' Bady.
Coe is partnering with Callisto (with the help of funding and support from Student Senate), which is an online system that provides a trauma-informed platform for students to document and learn how to report sexual assault. When using Callisto, students will have three options: 1) to download a template and created a timestamped record to save to their personal device; 2) to enter a perpetrator's identity into a Matching function to identify repeat offenders at Coe; 3) to learn more about the options for reporting at Coe and accessing resources both on-campus and in the Cedar Rapids community.
Confidential on-campus resources
Confidential off-campus resources
- Riverview Center Sexual Assault Hotline, 888.557.0310 (free, advocates available 24/7)
- Mercy Medical Center Emergency Room, 319.398.6041
- St. Luke's Hospital Emergency Room, 319.369.7105
- Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, 800.284.7821
- Iowa Crime Victim Assistance Division, 800.373.5044
- Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 515.244.7424
- RAINN – Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, 800.656.HOPE (4673)
Accused Student Resource
- Emily Barnard, Director of Wellness and Counselor, 319.399.8843
More information about available resources can be found here:
Please note the Student Handbook is the official document provided to students that includes these policies. Please refer to the Student Handbook for any updates to these policies and practices.